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James Baldwin’s America, a Reading & Discussion program at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning
October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
One event on November 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm
One event on December 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm
JCAL Reading and Discussion Series: “Baldwin’s America”
Participants in the program will read a series of thematically linked texts over the course of four sessions. At each session, participants will come together with others via Zoom to discuss what they’ve read in a conversation facilitated by a trained local scholar. This initiative is made possible by an Action Grant from Humanities New York.
The series will begin on Tuesday, September 15th on Zoom. Other confirmed dates include October 13th, November 10th, and December 8th. Participants will be sent a PDF with the reading material upon registering.
JCAL’s reading and discussion series will be led by Iyvon Edebiri, a creative producer, company manager, and dramaturg from Brooklyn NY. Iyvon is the co-founder, Artistic Director and Host of The Parsnip Ship, a radio-play podcast series. She was the recipient of the 2019 Mark O’Donnell Prize awarded by The Actors Fund and Playwrights Horizons for emerging, analogous theater artists.
The series will be based on “James Baldwin’s America”, a curated collection of early novels, essays and stories from the acclaimed scholar. To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Baldwin’s “Notes of a Native Son”, Humanities New York created a special Reading & Discussion program for adults based on Baldwin’s writings. JCAL chose “Baldwin’s America”, amongst a number of discussion themes for its ability to challenge and create progressive dialogue within the community.